LIFESTYLE: If You See An Armadillo, Avoid It

By D. Lanier Shook                           July 26, 2013

The Asheville Citizen Times has provided valuable information to its readers for over a century and a half, but one of the most valuable articles appeared last week. If you missed “Armadillos Scurry Into WNCthen you should click here to read the article online. It was information you need to know.

Last year we reported on the dangers posed by armadillos but this new development justifies a refresher. You need to AVOID ARMADILLOS. Armadillos can transmit Hansen’s Diseasealso known as leprosy— to humans. A October 2011 story discussed a man had hunted armadillos as a teenager. Later in life his immune system became compromised and he developed lesions caused by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria. Click here to read the entire story from A doctor in the story is quoted as saying that this is one skin disease that does not respond to treatment.

Armadillos are a threat to public health and your health. Please avoid them, have your children avoid them, and please become educated about this public health threat. And here’s a big thanks to the Citizen Times for carrying the story. Once again you should click here to read their article at their website.

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